It's hump day but the build-up to the weekend starts today with Tony Calvin's must-read antepost column, a host of top-class racing while we head to Ayr and discuss the Notts stewards.
"I am all for working to the letter of the law, the letter, but common sense must prevail at times like these and the only culprits deserving of a ban are the stewards themselves for that awful decision."
Four million reasons to love Champions Day
It was announced yesterday that Qipco and the British Champion Series will offer a total of £4m in prize money on Champions Day at Ascot on October 16, which is a marked increase from 2020 with an extra £1.5m added to the pot.
After a tough year, this is a big positive for everyone in the sport and there is no downside to more prize money especially in a year in which the earnings have been heavily criticized so this is very welcome for all involved.
Dudman landed a whopping 66/1 double at Hexham on Tuesday
Alan Dudman landed a HUGE 66/1 double at Hexham yesterday and has big priced double for today's action at Warwick. Al's selections get an odds boost every day - you'll find it on the Specials page on the Sportsbook.
Have some common sense!
Stewards at Nottingham made the decision to ban Jockey Jason Watson for seven days for his ride on Roger Charlton's two-year-old, Noisey Night in the 13:10 yesterday.
The unraced two-year-old veered violently left coming out of the stalls and lost around six lengths on the field and was further behind after a furlong despite his rider's early urgings.
His jockey naturally, after losing all chance out the gates and with no chance of winning the race, gave the inexperienced horse a hands and heels ride to the finish in which he was beaten a distance of 25 lengths into seventh.
Betting man to betting man, I can tell you now there was nothing untoward going on and there was no way in hell he would have gotten close to the front three. The colt didn't handle the undulations and at the scales Jason admitted to not putting his mount under any pressure once he felt his chance had gone - perhaps silly.
It was completely out of Jason Watson's hands but the jobsworths in the stewards' room adhered to the ruling that he didn't obtain the best possible finishing position.
Mother of God, a young jockey looks after an inexperienced two-year-old on his first ever visit to a racecourse and what do we do? Punish him for it! What another great example of the sport shooting itself in the foot instead of thinking about horse welfare. An absolutely horrendous decision from those that oversee the integrity of the game.
I am all for working to the letter of the law, the letter, but common sense must prevail at times like these and the only culprit's deserving of a ban is the steward's themselves for that awful decision and not looking at the incident in isolation.
Timeform head to Kempton's excellent seven race card meeting to give their three best bets of the day.
Race of the day
The fillies are in focus today as we head to Ayr for the 15:20 Rothesay Stakes Listed event. A good race to try and dissect with some sort of form line connecting most. I have had two stabs at this with Bharani Star a win only bet and Propriety (e/w) just for those with an interest.
Black Lotus returned to action with a good effort to finish third at Nottingham on seasonal reappearance in a similar event and had today's rivals A La Voile and Arriviste in behind. That's not the first time the former has been behind her either, in fact, she has also had Bharani Star chasing her home previously as well. Chris Wall's mare has improved on her reappearance run year on year so better can be expected today and a repeat of her best form will see her in the mix.
She may just lack the scope for improvement that some of the others have though and looks like the obvious selection so it may be worth looking outside the box?
Propriety is one of the more interesting runners here and although she has a bit to find on official ratings she is improving at a rate of knots. Her run at York seven days ago over 1m4f suggested that this drop back in trip to 1m2f today would give her ideal conditions to be at her best. Connections are rolling the dice in an attempt for some black type but she has taken some giant steps forward in her three starts to date. She could have been turned out quickly and picked up some handicap prize money but connections opt to come here instead.
Bharani Star may find this trip on the short side on seasonal return but she shouldn't be ignored. She was set some stiff tasks after getting off the mark at Haydock first time up last year when contesting the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and then the Epsom Oaks for which the former saw a career-best performance. She was caught further back than ideal in a slowly run race at York on her final start but stuck on well under hand and heels riding to finish within 1/2 a length of today's favourite and she could be the value in the race.
Our daily tipster Rhys Williams has two selections today including an advised 2pt win bet.
Stat of the day
"Money Talk" found Gary Moore's winner Celestial Point at Brighton yesterday - but which horses are Betfair punters backing today?
Zoran - 13:15 Warwick is 4.47/2 from 7.06/1.
Follow Intello - 15:05 Yarmouth is 7.513/2 from 11.010/1 for Nick Gifford.
Protected Guest - 19:35 Kempton is 9/1 from 16/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook.
Tony has been in fine form of late and his short term ante-post column for the weekend's racing landed yesterday. Missed it? Not to worry it's here.
What a big boost it is to start seeing prize money injected back into the sport, and I for one hope that Ascot is just the beginning.
This is a real uplifting moment for the sport of racing and with it, a sign of a brighter future and in the hope that more courses and sponsors will follow. Now just to sort the stewards out and get everyone batting for the same team.
On a serious note, this will have a ripple effect right through the sport down to the breeding grounds and it's a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for those protesting prize money.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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